“You will walk( travel) safely and you will not stumble.(encounter danger). When you lie down you will not be afraid and your sleep will be sweet.”( still lovely)Proverbs 3 : 23,24
It is easy to remember our next trip as it was a treat to leave Johannesburg with all its family tensions and spend some time with my sister and mum on a journey to Salisbury where mum’s parents lived. Our journeys by train always involved nights and days so when the three of us travelled mum insisted we didn’t share but always had our own compartment.
For all my several journeys the top bunk in the coupe was always my bed. From here you could feel the sway of the carriage and hear the click of the wheels with a rhythm that could detach you from all those sleeping below. It was close to the roof and had a strong wooden bar to protect you or your bedding falling out. We always had our own pillows from home and on some journeys we had lovely starched sheets provided. Mostly we were comfortable. At night mum had the windows up, except for a few inches at the top and that was another advantage to sleeping on the top bunk the cool night air coming in as we travelled.
During the day the brown, green and yellow of the African bush went passed at a gentle speed. The smell of ants and grass mixed with steam and smoke of the fire up front was a signature for this adventure. We had colouring in books and I think mum must have read to us. I can’t remember what because the adventure we were on seemed all consuming. Coming in to a siding to fill the engine with water and the loud noise of letting off steam with the equally loud whistle to say we were on our way. This was exciting. We were also able to get off and buy something in the small shop and when we couldn’t get out, local people would bring beautifully carved items to the track side. Mum loved to buy from them.
The peaceful feeling of travel.
Not being here or there stimulates a pleasant enjoyable feeling which started when I was very young. I guess it is the joy of being on the road!
The steam engine has done much more for science than science has done for the steam engine.Lord Kelvin 1824 – 1907 British Mathematician and engineer.
Those who admire modern civilization usually identify it with the steam engine and the electric telegraph.George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950 Irish playwright , critic and political activist.
I am sure we have very different examples of what identifies modern civilization now. I wonder what you would say?
Thank you for looking at this post.Sandy 😊